The Sagami Line (相模線 Sagami-sen) is a railway line in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It approximately parallels the east bank of the Sagami River. The line connects Hashimoto Station in Sagamihara and Chigasaki Station in Chigasaki.
A 205 series EMU at Hashimoto
|Rolling stock||205-500 series|
|Line length||33.3 km (20.7 mi)|
|Number of tracks||Single track|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC Overhead catenary|
All trains are operated with 205-500 series four-car EMUs which were introduced in 1991 after the electrification.
Former Rolling Stock: The Sagami Line formerly operated a series of Diesel Multiple Unit passenger trains before electrification
- KiHa 4 DMU
- KiHa 10 DMU (until 1980)
- KiHa 20 DMU (1958–1982)
- KiHa 26-400 (under KiHa 55 family)
- KiHa 30
- KiHa 35 (1986–1991)
- KiHa 36
- All stations located in Kanagawa Prefecture.
- All trains stop at every station.
- Stations marked "o", "v", or "^" allow passing; stations marked"｜" do not.
|Chigasaki||茅ヶ崎||-||0.0||Tōkaidō Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line||v||Chigasaki|
|Samukawa||寒川||1.7||5.1||o||Samukawa, Kōza District|
|Atsugi||厚木||2.6||14.2||Odakyū Odawara Line||｜|
|Ebina||海老名||1.7||15.9||Odakyū Odawara Line
Sagami Railway Main Line
Keiō Sagamihara Line
The Chigasaki to Samukawa section was opened by the Sagami Railway (Sōtetsu) in 1921, primarily to haul gravel. The line was extended to Atsugi in 1926, and to Hashimoto in 1931.
After privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR) in 1987, the line was electrified in 1991. Before the JNR privatization, there were discussions to transfer the line to the Sagami Railway in order meet the expected demands of passenger traffic in the Tokyo and Yokohama suburbs. Because it had long been left as a non-electrified rural line, the cost to upgrade the line was beyond the ability of then financially constrained JNR; Sagami Railway, on the other hand, was running a profitable operation on its own line. However, the two companies did not agree on a deal, and plans to transfer the line were cancelled.
A short branch to Nishi-Samukawa Station from Samukawa Station was closed in 1984, and freight services ceased in 1998.
This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.
- Sato, Makoto (2000). JR相模線物語 [JR Sagami Line Story] (in Japanese). Japan: 230 Club. ISBN 9784931353336.
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- Stations of the Sagami Line (JR East) (in Japanese)